March’s top news stories

4 April 2018 (Last Updated June 1st, 2020 12:35)

US Army awarded $3.53bn contract for TADSS sustainment, CACI won prime position on US DISA’s $17.5bn ENCORE III contract, and Dstl-funded research developed new limb treatment for soldiers. Army-technology.com wraps up key headlines from March 2018.

March’s top news stories
Advanced management information system used to perform maintenance inside a gunnery combat training simulator. Credit: Lockheed Martin.

US Army awards $3.53bn contract for TADSS sustainment

The US Army awarded a new contract with a ceiling value of $3.53bn to sustain training aids, devices, simulators and simulations (TADSS) systems across several locations worldwide.

The new Army TADSS Maintenance Program (ATMP) contract was awarded by the Army Contracting Command Orlando, in support of the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).

Under the deal, Lockheed Martin was contracted to sustain more than 300,000 TADSS systems used in several locations worldwide for seven years, including live-fire ranges and instrumentation systems.


CACI wins prime position on US DISA’s $17.5bn ENCORE III contract

CACI International secured a prime position on a new contract to support the US Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) ENCORE III information technology (IT) solutions programme.

The ten-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a ceiling value of $17.5bn.

As part of the deal, CACI will be responsible for providing DISA with a complete range of IT solutions and services. The company will also continue its work across a wide range of market areas, such as business systems, IT enterprise, and cybersecurity.


Dstl-funded research develops new limb treatment for soldiers

Latest research funded by the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) through the Defence and Security Accelerator developed a new technique to treat injured limbs.

Developed by biomedical engineers at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, the technique is expected to reduce the number of amputations caused by battlefield injuries.

The research was conducted following traumatic experiences in battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, where advanced explosive devices cause severe injuries to soldiers.


Australian Defence Force to procure 211 new Boxer CRVs for $4.09bn

The Australian Government is set to invest a total of A$5.2bn ($4.09bn) to acquire a fleet of 211 new combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs) that would strengthen mobility and firepower of its defence force.

The new vehicles will be constructed and delivered domestically to the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) fleet.

Germany-based automotive parts supplier and military technology group Rheinmetall signed a contract to carry out the project.


US Army biometric facility opened in West Virginia

The US Army inaugurated new biometric operations alongside the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the Biometric Technology Center (BTC) in West Virginia, US.

The new facility is a joint initiative of the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Justice (DoJ). It will see a team of network administrators, biometric examiners, and intelligence professionals work together to identify individuals that threaten national security.

West Virginia US Senator Shelly Moore Capito said: “In a world that’s becoming increasingly dangerous and more difficult to figure out where the bad guys are, this centre of innovation and collaboration is where I believe we’re all at our best.”


Saudi Arabia seeks $670m sale of TOW 2B missiles from US

The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requested an estimated $670m sale of TOW 2B (BGM-71F-series) missiles from the US.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale, which has been approved by the US State Department.

Under the proposed sale, Saudi Arabia seeks to acquire up to 6,600 TOW 2B missiles (BGM-71F-series) and 96 TOW 2B (BGM-71F-series) fly-to-buy lot validation missiles and other related equipment and services in support of the weapons.


Airbus wins US Army contract to deliver 35 UH-72A Lakota aircraft

Airbus Helicopters secured a $273m contract to supply 35 additional UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters to the US Army.

Under the deal, the company will be responsible for providing the UH-72A production aircraft, associated technical and flight operator manuals, and programme management.

Of the 35 UH-72A Lakota helicopters, 17 will be delivered for the Initial Entry Rotary Wing mission at Fort Rucker, Alabama, US. The remaining 18 will be provided for the Observer / Controller mission at the US Army’s combat training centres.


SAIC wins $554m contract for US Army training support services

The US Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command Fort Eustis awarded a $554m Training Support Systems Enterprise (TSS-E) contract to Science Applications International (SAIC).

Under the deal, the company will deliver networked, integrated and interoperable training support capabilities to active duty, reserve and National Guard soldiers. Units, commands and installations located throughout the Continental and Outside the Continental US will also receive the training support.

SAIC is one of seven companies that has been awarded the indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract with a five-year ordering period.


India test fires Nag anti-tank guided missile

India successfully carried out test firing of its own-built anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), according to Ministry of Defence officials.

The flight test was conducted in desert conditions, where the third-generation missile was tested against two tank targets at different ranges and timings, proving its upgraded capability.

Developed by India-based Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Nag ATGM is now ready to be put into service with the Indian Army.


Ukrainian Armed Forces to receive next batch of upgraded T-84 tanks

State-owned company Ukroboronprom started upgrading an additional batch of T-84 tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The T-84s are being modernised at the company’s state-owned enterprises, the Malyshev Plant and the Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau.

Under the deal, the Malyshev Plant was responsible for carrying out repair works on the next batch of T-84 main battle tanks.